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While it includes some useful changes, the House bill to reform education funding fails in its stated objective, which was to "simplify the funding process" and "strengthen the connection between … more
In annual surveys around town I find people wanting many issues addressed at Representative Town Meeting (RTM). One surprise this year is sidewalks and snow removal: they're mentioned as often as … more
Over the past six weeks, the House Ways and Means Committee has diligently worked to produce a coherent bill to shift Education Fund spending from some people and districts to other people and … more
Spending the last 52 years in the Brattleboro area is an experience worth remembering. No doubt, others have witnessed some of the same: a mixture of changes, novelty, excitement, and challenges, but … more
By now you've probably heard about Governor Phil Scott's proposal to build a brand new, sprawling 925-bed prison "campus," which would include a 50-bed locked facility for psychiatric patients, 25 … more
Town Meeting is one of my favorite things - not necessarily as a Senator but as a resident. I am afraid that many of our TMs are slowly eroding — for a number of reasons. Primarily I feel the … more
We were extremely busy on the Floor of the House this past week, starting with 43 bills on the House Calendar on Tuesday. This was not unexpected because of the crossover deadline the week before our … more
We have a unique domestic situation going on with pets this winter and it's driving me and my fiancee nuts. OK, from the beginning; we have two cats. They're usually great. One is a 14-year-old … more
The circumstances of the mass murder at Parkland High School were numbingly familiar, but this time the response was different, in ways that seem likely to reverberate through our politics in the … more
Every few years, politicians get worked up about the high price of prescription drugs in this country. Some call out the pharmaceutical industry for their immoral and obscenely high prices, they get … more
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